Clarice investigates the extent to which quantum effects influence biology. The hypothesis that quantum effects might provide an essential benefit to life is astonishing. “Living quantum sensors” appear to surpass tech devices, even if embedded in a noisy, hot and wet bio environment. Established quantum techniques can be used to study and control the effect, leading to the engineering of bio-mimetic sensors, and to the harnessing of quantum degrees of freedom to commandeer and drive physiology.
Born and raised in Brazil, Aiello earned a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Ecole Polytechnique and a M.Phil. in physics from the University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and held postdoctoral appointments in bioengineering at Stanford, and in chemistry at Berkeley. Aiello joined UCLA in 2019, where she leads the Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab.